Imogen Malpas: Solarpunk is Built on a Foundation of Climate Optimism
In "Solarpunk: Why 2023 Must Be the Year of the Sun", Imogen Malpas FRSA wrote, "Built on a foundation of climate optimism, inclusivity, and democracy, solarpunk asks us to actively imagine a future where we save the planet in tandem with the human and non-human communities sharing our soils—with historically marginalized people at the center."
Imogen concludes, "There are three elements in the growing body of solarpunk literature that have come to characterize the genre: light, abundance, and transparency. If we can weave these into the roots of solar power generation, we can brighten the world into a sunnier place."
Other Thoughts on Solarpunk
Emily Wenstrom in "AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOLARPUNK GENRE" wrote, "The spirit of solarpunk is one of craftsmanship, egalitarianism, and optimism where technology can be put to work to solve our greatest problems."
In an article entitled, "How solarpunk ideals can inspire the robots of tomorrow", Felipe Chavez, CEO of Kiwibot, wrote, "Focusing on human-centric design principles could help fulfil visions of a future in which machines work hand-in-hand with humans to improve everyone’s quality of life.
"If robots are envisioned as the turning point to reach this optimistic future, industry is currently heading in the right direction. We have seen robots take the place of pets, nurses, factory and retail workers - including ones that make good conversation. The latter, however, still creates hesitancy among people due to fear of the singularity, a hypothetical point at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable, with irreversible consequences for human civilisation.
Steve Lord in Cyberpunk: Then and Now, wrote, "Solarpunk is more than an aesthetic and culture. It has a manifesto, a fediverse instance, low-tech and no-tech online magazines. It is a movement founded in cautious optimism. The Solar part of the term represents a sustainable existence for all. In a world ravaged by avarice-driven climate change, rebellion in favour of sustainability and egalitariansim may be the most punk movement of all.
"Whether Solarpunk the aesthetic and Solarpunk the culture will stay separate from a political alignment is yet to be seen. When it comes to Solarpunk, even I struggle to avoid being cautiously optimistic."
"In literature and art, solarpunk has an optimistic vibe, emphasizing sustainable, humane #futures; in contrast to #cyberpunk’s #dystopianism and steampunk’s nostalgia."
Kenneth Silber, in his article, "The Lure of Lunarpunk" concludes, "One needn’t embrace lunarpunk’s anti-capitalist political assumptions to value its #optimism and experimentation; its healthy embrace of the dark and mysterious in seeking a better world."